Sunday, December 16, 2018

Long Recalled Chemetronics 601 Series Fire Alarm Heat Detectors . Thousands of them still out there causing issues becuse they will not activate a fire alarm.

When a Smoke Detector can not be used in certain rooms and areas  the trusty Heat detector is used instead.

Unfortunately one very popular brand Heat Detector  at the time made in1980s thru 90s and by the thousands  by Chemetronics Inc.  has a very dangerous flaw to it where it allows the terminals where wiring is attached to pop off its mounting base and then no protection is the result often time the Fire Alarm Panel is not even made aware of the dangerous condition.  as the circuit is not broken to allow a trouble condition at panel.


As can be seen in the photo above the brass connector plate for wiring has popped off by itself and
in this case was causing a false alarm every time a train came by this factory on Neville Island Pa.  and vibrated the brass connection against the steel beam .

Part of the problem also is these where private labeled and sold under many different names . Chemetronics is no longer in business and may have been bought out. 

Needless to say every one of these units will be changed in this plant ,but there are thousands more out there with this same potential and when called on will not cause an alarm condition.
I notified the Consumer Products Safety Commission  about these units almost 20 years ago . and not only are these units still out there thousands of an earlier version of Chemetronics heat detectors where recalled back in mid 90s and I am still finding them on jobs and removing them took 2 out last year.

But this is not the only problem there are many smoke detectors and smoke alarms on recall as well siting in homes and business still being used as well. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Big ASS Fans a new trend in Warehouses and Auditoriums that requires careful code conciderations

Big Ass fans as they are commonly known and one company actually sells them under that name  are a popular way to move large amounts of air to help keep large spaces cool in summer and warm in winter . think of a paddle fan but these units have 6 foot blades on them and operate on 230 to 480 volt Three Phase power .Like the unit in Picture below.

 One of the problems with these big fans is because of the amount of air they move they need to be shut down during a Fire Event so most have a built in jumper you remove and connect in a relay from fire system to shut it down and lock it out when fire alarm activates.As you can see in picture below the red fire wire connected to the Power Flex " Variable Frequency Drive " which I recently wired in at a warehouse .

Because of the extreme force these fans produce careful consideration must also be made to insure personnel do not get close enough to be struck by the blades even though they do not move real fast they do have a lot of power behind them and I do not know if they have a break away clutch feature.
But you can bet as effective as they are the word is spreading and you will be seeing more of them in the future .

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Things you learn when installing surveillance systems in business . The employee who objects the loudest is usually the one causing the issue why the cameras are needed

In my over the 40 years I have installed Surveillance Camera Systems the encounters I have had when putting them in seems to always be the same .
While most employees welcome them because it protects them because it shows they are doing their jobs  and not causing issues  it also protects their personnel property from theft and vandalism like when some one gets mad at them and keys their car.
 There is always that one employee who carry's on and threatens to quit their job and is gonna sue everyone etc etc. because their rights are being violated.

Well sorry no they are not when the cameras are out and visible unless your state has rules otherwise.
 unless its a restroom or locker room its pretty much any other room is fair game in most states.

So typically what happens after I install a camera system and I come back a few days later to do any final adjustments I find  that employee who did all the screaming and carrying on has left and so has all the issues why the system needed installed in the first place. Because something Improper, Immoral or Illegal was going on .

Take a small super market I did 15 year ago in South Hills of Pittsburgh  after owner was told by his insurance carrier to install additional cameras because his  workers compensation claims where getting too high.  Seems every time a pallet of bottles or other easily breakable items came in there was always damage or Shrinkage as its known going on in back room . One time I was close enough doing work I saw sure enough they where throwing a small football around and some one fell over a pallet and items got broke . I had not yet installed the cameras but let manager know what I saw but without proof what could he do.
 So after the cameras where installed  the employee who was always clowning around and screamed the loudest had quit his job , and ironically so did all the shrinkage issues. Amazing right. But this is what happened each and every time I have installed cameras in a retail or office situation.

Industrial plants on other hand cameras are more welcome because it protects employees like the time a fire broke out on a machine employees where able to show their boss exactly how it happened and that no one was around it .In another case a camera on the loading dock showed proof positive 12 pallets of product was loaded on a truck not 10 like driver claimed when he delivered it ends up he was shorting customers and stealing the product, again the guys on the loading dock where happy because it proved they where doing their jobs correctly.

Cameras are a 2 edged sword and most people could care less they are being watched  but if they do screw up it also shows that as well but an honest mistake is an honest mistake  no harm no foul.
accidents happen.

So when you have that employee who objects to cameras  or other security measures thats the one you watch. cant scientifically prove it but in my 40 years of work thats what I have found to be true.

 Plus after an investigation of this employee has been done you usually find they have caused other problems at  other places  they worked as well and they are often  delinquent on their bills frequently change addresses because they are avoiding bill collectors or law enforcement  or they have not paid their rent,often having skipped out on a lease. They are basically Con Artists .

I had a case recently where it was discovered  a manager had stolen $85K from a business after cameras were installed in New Castle  Pa. after they left in a huff because cameras where being installed and an audit was performed  .The kicker after they Left they started a similar business next town over and where using the stolen proceeds and products to run that business. Talk about bold .
When asked why they said it was because they  and their helpers where not paid enough to manage the business.

Its a dam shame what business owners have to do to protect the bottom line but its a known fact employee theft is a major reason why businesses fail. Because its the biggest single  amount of theft  after  Shoplifting , Burglary , Fraud  and Armed  Robbery.

Monday, October 29, 2018

It is No Suprise to me the Tragedy at New Life Temple here in Pittsburgh where 11 Jews where murdered let me tell you why?

 Let me tell you about why I am not surprised why that gunman walked in to New Life Temple and tragically and coldly  took 11 lives .
If you spend any time around the Jewish or African American Communities around Pittsburgh You will here the term Pittsburgh Mississippi . No not a town in the state of  Mississippi.
 They are referring to The City of Pittsburgh  and how they feel living here like its a city in the deep south . I know exactly how they feel.
 Even Thou I have not one drop of Jewish Blood  in my body I do have a last name with a Jewish spelling this came about because when my Grandfather Markowitz came from the Ukraine he could sign his name and was automatically thought to be Jewish not the son of a peasant farmer by immigration officials on Ellis Island . Most peasants could only make there mark on papers and not sign full name.
 Having the last name Markowitz I have felt the full effect of Antisemitism in this city even being called a kike on the job and denied employment in the trades or felt or heard on the job..

Something I have never experienced or felt outside of the Pittsburgh region or many states I regularly travel.

It has been so bad at times I had to take the Penn Hills #224 Volunteer Fire Dept before the Pa. Human Relaxations Commission. because of those Anti Semites who where in the dept. who tried to hurt me knowing I had a bad leg and they put a smashed pop can in my fire boots and even small nails.

You just need to ride around Penn hills and Plum Boro and you will find over a dozen homes flying confederate flags .

Travel up US 22 to Blairsville on the weekend to Jonnet Flea market and inside and some times outside you will find vendors selling KKK emblems and stickers and other memorabilia I have even seen Buddy Black and George Foster known KKK leaders walking around the market at times.

Did you know W Pa. has  one of the highest concentrations of hate groups and membership in the country ? Look it up.

I was recently at a customers business who has a large ware house on Neville Island and who has several African Americans who work and drive for them I have became friendly with them over time and when I walk in they say high we shake hands ask how things are going etc. and a Driver from an outside vendor walked up to me and asked me why I was being friendly with that N word .

He was told to get in his truck and leave Im over 6ft 200 pounds so he did not give me an argument  I wont tolerate it and neither will my customers .

When I got gas this summer at a gas station in Penn Hills a white man walked up to me after seeing a young African American girl  cut off another driver and he goes to me did you see that? I said yes he then goes into a explicit speech about her being to dumb to be a slave they would have just killed here down south.  I said her being inconsiderate has nothing to do with her race and I did not appreciate his words. He turned and left before I leveled  him.

I once did work for a real estate company in Oakland section of Pittsburgh and when I heard antisemitic statements coming out of the owners mouth  about Cheap Jews at. Then one day he asked me where I lived I said Penn Hills he said he moved and wondered how I could let my wife shop at the giant Eagles with all those blacks and was I worried about it. I told him no im not a bigot and never took another job off him.

Its a shame all the nasty bigotry I hear and see almost weekly in this are something I never see once I am out of Western P.a.

So was I surprised when New Life Temple was shot up? not at all knowing the amount of White Trash and human POS pieces of shit that live around me. in this area.

What breeds it I do not know because you are not born a racist ,but I do know we also have a high amount of those with mental Health issues in this are which causes the paranoia . Maybe it something in the water and ground after all the years of pollution spoiling it. But its more peoples own failings and wanting to blame somebody for something because they are a failure.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Honeywell Security Products wants Dealers to Upgrade all panels using Total Connect 1# to Total Connect 2 # so they can discontinue TC 1 there is just one Problem $$$$

As of January 2020 Honeywell Security Products soon to be known as Residio due to the coming company spin off another disaster I see on the horizon ,will no longer support Total Connect 1#  products

They would like all dealers to encourage theirTC1#  customers to upgrade to TC 2# by then.

One big Problem and thats Cost Especially for my Commercial Customers who use the

Vista 32,128,250  BP and FB-P series of panels

To change out these boards they cost $350 to 500.00 Plus dealer cost plus time to convert over and reprogram to Turbo Series  Panels which can do TC2# 

The other problem as of late they have been hard to get they are never in stock and they hardly ever go on sale  at ADI the only place you can get them at Dealer Cost.

So in some cases the panels are going on 20 years of service it time to change but some are only 10 or less  years in use. So those owners get screwed  .

The big Vista series panels as we call them are very solid panel and will probably go for many more years before needing change but owners and dealers are getting screwed instead of Honeywell figuring out a better way to back engineer and support their older products.

We got screwed on the 4G cellular deal had to buy and change out whole IGSMV and GSMV etc communicators instead of just changing an internal board like other alarm products on market
and this is going to be Honeywells last chance to fuck everyone over once more before the spin off.

In a way many including myself are glad Honeywell is getting out of the market  as many dealers have done so installing DMP and Bosch instead.

I just hope this new deal and new name is not another total Clusterfuck.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Very DANGEROUS GAME VERIZON is PLAYING When it comes to changing olds POTS phone line technology to FIOS Lines Some one is going to die

Yes the old (POTS ) Plain Old Telephone lines are slowly going away  . In some areas you can not even get copper phone line service as VoIP Voice Over Internet Protocal  Takes over .

But Verizon is playing a very deadly game as it starts phasing out POTS.


Here is how it goes

2 apartment buildings I maintain in Mt Lebanon Pa. all of a sudden did not test in  on their 24 hr daily test cycle .

OK kind of strange so I go out next morning and find  both buildings not dialing out I have dial tone
but when you dial any number a message comes on advising service has been turned off    and hang up and redial to call 911 ?

Well thats kind of strange sounds like phone bill was not paid and line switched off by mistake it happens .

Call customer to tell him whats going on  and he calls Verizon and they tell him they have been trying to get hold of him they called the number and got no answer. they shut off the line hoping some one would notice and call them
because they are removing all POTS lines in the area and he needs switched to FIOS lines.

 (of course when they call the number they are not getting an answer its dedicated to fire panel only )

Thats nice so 24 hours or more can go by with a fire alarm not being monitored  because Verizon supposedly was not able to get hold of customer to tell them they need to switch to Fios ,and so they decide to shut off service figuring the trouble signal from the panel and central station not getting test will get some ones attention.

I am not the only dealer to encounter this problem it is happening all over the country and many buildings are not being properly protected  it has even happened to Central Stations  receiving equipment and at 911 centers .

Instead of Verizon sending something in mail with big print to get their customers attention and or posting a notice on a customers door  and or sending list of addresses and phone numbers to local officials so they can be tracked they are just shutting lines off , and putting in some cases hundreds of lives on the line when it is an Apartment building.  In some cases entire complexes have been shut down because they supposedly have not been able to make contact with line owner.

Lets face facts how many times it takes well past 24 hours before a service tech ever gets dispatched
to a fire alarm because fail to test issues are so common and routine with the switching over of new technology a building could easily go a week or two before any one knows and then when alarm goes off and tenants assume fire trucks are on the way and they are not, or that rural or out of the way building where some one comes by once a month to check things like a Radio Transmitter and utility sites catches fire or has some type of other emergency situation  it could well cost a life and cause thousands of dollars in damage because by the time First Responders are notified its too late.

Even thou the fire panels give a local trouble alert when they do not transmit. Those signals are often ignored because they happen so often or they have been bypassed .

This is why I have been encouraging my customers to switch to Cellular Communicators because at this pint they are more reliable than Copper Lines because of the way Verizon is no longer maintaining them and then indiscriminately turning them off.

Verizon is going to have blood on its hands with this current policy of just turning lines off
its just a matter of time. 

Fire Officials tell me its Verizon its a utility they can not do anything and can get no answers.


Verizon is a utility and it answers to the PUC Public Utility Commission

ALL Fire Officials need to file a complaint with PUC and Demand Verizon post a notice on property's they plan to turn off and also give a list of numbers and addresses to be turned off so Fire Officials can be forewarned so they know there will be a continuity of service as lines are replaced.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Very Scary Situation found when replacing 2X4 Fluorescent lights with LED Flat Panels in a small office

I was recently changing out old style 2x4 fluorescent  lights in a friends small IT office when I came across a very scary situation which if it had not been found would have resulted in a catastrophic fire .
The old lights which which utilized 4- T12 old style bulbs with 2 bulbs per ballast are very inefficient so many are updating to either 3 bulb T8 fluorescent or in this Case LED which draws half the power and requires no maintenance for 60,000 hours .

I pulled down and replaced several lights when I got to the back repair room and thats when I found the situation which in my 40+ years as an electrician have never ever encountered .

Two burn marks going all the way up thru the ceilings Insulation where the 2 ballast sit in the fixture not only this there are 2 holes burned thru the fixture .

Now its not unusual for these ballasts which where replacement ballasts to get hot when they go bad but I have never seen anything this extreme

Which has me wondering if this is a manufacturers defect with these ballasts as they have gotten so hot are we looking at a recall and the big danger you can see the close tolerance between fixtures and ceiling and there are ,many small offices and store fronts like this all potential fire problems if there is a problem with these ballasts .

As far as I can determine proper voltage 120 VAC delivered by West Penn Power proper size wire and properly grounded .
I will be in contact with manufacturer , CPSC and Fire officials over this matter.


After being examined by an Electrical Engineer he determined the current replacement ballast where not responsible for making the holes but the original supplied ballasts did it.
He has seen several cases where holes have been blown thru a fixture but never 2 in same fixture where both ballast failed which makes this a real anomaly
Sure would love to see the original ballast but where disposed of many years ago  .

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Help to Organise a Missing Man Search and lessons learned

Never fails to amaze me how many times I have done things over the years and never got one iota of thanks for having helped a customer, a volunteer fire company, a church or other  non profit organization after helping them out  volunteering of tradesman skills and or time .In some cases what would be thousands of dollars in skilled trades time but thats human nature people are only your friend when they need something thats why I have only a very small circle of close friends and acquaintances. 

Take the time in late 90s when I joined Penn Hills 224 officially Known as Volunteer Station 4# in Point Breeze .

A young man from Cheswick had been missing for a few days after a very cold night and his car was found atop PA-910 in the Indionola section of Allegheny County.

The then chief of 224  a paid  medic in the area was contacted by the missing mans family and asked if he could help.

He agreed rounding up area fire the Allegheny valley and asked me to get in touch with Search and Rescue team I was involved with  Search Rescue & recovery of W. Pa. to help set up and lead the search.

I made all the phone calls helped get search team in touch and then set up to do the search that cold morning at the then old abandoned Ames Plaza in harmarville and before they set out I got an emergency call a few minutes away at a dear friends in Ohara Twp whose heat was out and oil furnace was sparking. Since most searches take several hours and some times days told the chief the situation I was in he said go ahead I would be right back  after fixing furnace. Well I no sooner got over and fixed the furnace which was luckily a fast fix called chief told him I was on my way back to the search , and he informed me  the team had no sooner set up a command post and the young man which is very rare most searches never end that fast.  was found dead of a self inflicted gun shot. . Sadly a conclusion no one wanted to have happen.

Every member there that day who took part got a certificate  of appreciation and of course the obligatory news paper picture later in the week. I did not get as much as a thank you despite all the work I did helping to set up the search. like I said I am never disappointed in human behavior. The couple times I ever was mentioned as helping they could not even bother to spell my last name correctly.

The Assistant  Chief at the time felt I was slighted over this matter  and wanted to do something but I never made a fuss over it. The young mans family found closure thats all that matters its not about a piece of paper and recognition its about doing the right thing for your fellow man. I have saved numerous lives over the year coming across serious traffic and pedestrian accidents and on construction sites  and never sought fame or recognition over it. its something you do treat your fellow man the way you want to be treated because some day you may well be the one needing help.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Motion Sensors Another case of Green Technology Wasting Energy .

One of my customers has a large warehouse where they store oil products and Forklifts are used to shuttle items around and into and out of trucks.

The electrical outfit they hired to install the new lighting  to save energy put in the Energy Code required motion sensors on the new T8 fluorescent light fixtures which are designed to shut the lights off to save energy but in the long run they have cost energy because they where set too low a time on which turns the fluorescent bulbs on many times a day and shortens their lives.
I have had to change the bulbs at least 6 times in the warehouse compared to warehouse down street
where same exact lights have not ben changed. thats a major waste of energy all those bulbs being made and life shortened

The reason is fluorescent bulbs are designed to only operate for so many cycles due to surge of power which turns them on the timers where set for in some cases only 1 minute which means every time
a fork lift operator came by the lights tuned on and off in some cases up to 50 or more times a day
and since the bulbs only have a cycle rating of  5000-7000 times on and off  poof bulbs needed changed every 3-4 months . I have since changed them up to max allowed 30 minutes in high use areas and now lights turn on maybe 6-8 times a day and bulbs are lasting much longer. and in long run staying on longer saves more power than constant on and off surging of the power. .

Once again Green Technology has proven to be a waste because there where no instructions  to set timers to type of lighting and the union electrical outfit that did the work could care less how or why they did the work. which is a shame most time union electrical work is excellent this company's work was sub par.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Deadly Carbon Monoxide Condition avoided because an alarm was not ignored.

One of the IT guys I used recently called and asked me about doing monitoring on a Very  exclusive High End large home  used as a weekend hunting lodge out in the middle of no where in Armstrong County Pa.

It had installed a very high end Elk Security and Automation System which needed some tender care and programming with the automation and person who installed it and company are no longer in Business. Panel was a mess and needed cleaned up.

He had it all figured out except the Macurco CO Detector kept going off.
I went out and changed the detector to a new System Sensor CO1224T  since the Macurco piece was past its  10 year expiration date .

I did not sense any issues in basement some times you can, asked if she was getting headaches flu symptoms she said no. So I installed the System Sensor unit  Since Macurco unit was past its expiration maybe it was reason it was falsing seen it before and later that evening it went off. Owner was not going to be there overnight which was good and told her I would be out in morning to test
I bought a CO hand held monitor  made by UEI $200.00  from local heating supply house as I have had issues like this in past and since they did not want a lot of people around this place and it was
propane calling and having fire dept all over place was not an option. So I went out that morning and as soon as I walked in home after calibrating the unit started getting readings it topped out at 20PPM .

Not a good situation . The person who installed the combo hot water heat and domestic hot water for sink and  heating part of  system which was hot water under floor piping  takes for ever to respond so my IT guy knew some one local and they responded with in the hour.

Sure enough his meter was reading even higher than mine by time he got there.

before the boiler was even opened found a couple issues Rubber Fern-co couplers used on the plastic exhaust line manufacturer does not recommend using them can come loose and deteriorate should be a solid glued coupler .Then outside a grill was in front of pipes blocking air flow and to make matters worse a homemade plate drilled full of holes  was used as a screen to keep birds out a screen is made by manufacturer specifically for unit but was not used .

Then the condensate tray which collect's the water produced when heat is condensed  because furnace is 95% efficient was full and not draining fully another potential of CO along with couplers one of which was leaking.  There was also potential that heating  exchange core which has coils for domestic hot water  and hot water for heating pipe  was cracked and leaking was going to be a expensive day for customer but I saved their lives Thats all that counted. This furnace was put in around 2004 and since its well water that feeds it it required special treatment system which if it was not working properly could have lead to this early failure . and since it was put in before the 2004
Uniform state wide ICC Construction Code went into effect there was little inspections done.
Shame this owner paid for and did not receive what he paid for.

Needless to say some lesson learned never ignore a CO detector it could be the end for you.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

When I Really Needed AAA Auto Club Service They Really let me down because too many Stupid Fools not Prepared for Winter Driving

This past Monday MLK Birthday and a Holiday so not as many people working or on the road  I was on my way to Burgetsstown to handle an emergency call one of my customers who rents a building to a Pipeline construction company . They had a problem with the outside electrical outlets used to plug in trucks to keep the engines from freezing up it is 17 Degrees out -5 wind chill  . I get on US 22/30 and at Oakdale exit my truck dies out the fuel pump went out. No Problem pull out my AAA Plus card at 1:30 PM  and call and they tell me might be hour or 2  fine I tell them I am properly dressed have emergency heat packs ,blanket   and food and drink .
Great dispatcher tells me have you on priority tow list wish every one else was like you stay warm and safe. Now I have to be extremely careful in cold weather I have 2 plates and 7 screws in my foot so I had on Arctic Pack Boots  as a precaution I am also a cancer survivor as well as other health issues. I should have been put to front of list and dispatch knew this.
90 +minutes go by call AAA  sorry they say 3 calls ahead of you seems others are having issues and instead of being properly prepared they are not need rescued be at least another 90 minutes OK I can hold out but if its going to be longer let me know will have some one come pick me up or walk 2 mile to some where safe. Another 90 + minutes go by they tell me 8PM before they can get to me why they did not tell me this sooner would have called wife or friend earlier.
In worst case asked for police to pick me up and get me some where safe who where already overwhelmed  by unprepared motorists. Luckily my wife who was busy at church came and got me at 5: 30 PM and brought me hot coffee and some food. The driver showed up at 6:15 and finally got a tow to garage which was already closed so now I loose a 2nd day of work customer goes another day with out trucks being kept heated  thanks To AAA
The driver was very nice Younger man and he was telling me all the people he had to go rescue past few days and how many of them not properly clothed no emergency supplies  , even a mother with here kids who where in there shorts from basketball practice and had dead battery and freaked out because they where going to freeze to death instead of insisting her kids put on sweat pants and have a blanket in the vehicle. Its winter time we always have winter and cold weather and bad roads  and so may people do not prepare do not have on snow tires do not have good battery's do not carry or know how to use jumper cables do not even have a pair of gloves when needed. Expecting AAA and 911 to bail their ass out of a bad situation.
I gave the driver a $30.00 tip for taking care of me after all it was the holiday and he appreciated it because he said he rarely ever gets tipped by those who expect him to be there 10 minutes after they break down.
I appreciate the drivers what they and dispatchers go thru but those dispatchers should have been upfront and said you are looking at 4 hr delay for help can we get you some where  safe and thats where AA failed in its duty to me as a member  . I have heard from many others after what I went thru and they say they have dropped AAA and gone to other plans due to same poor response time.
I only use AA when I absolutely need them never call for jump or battery service or Tire service unless no one is around or I can not get a lug nut loose. However others quickly use up all there tows and service in 6 months pathetic AAA allows it to go on. I will be looking for a better plan as well.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My Total and Complete Disgust with Honeywell ADI and tthe Vista Series panels and Total Connect 2

I have been a loyal  Ademco/Honeywell Products dealer since 1979 when I installed my first 1028 Ademco Panel I bought at the defunct New Brite Industries which I will not shed a tear over.

I have used other products over years but Ademco / Honeywell has been my go to panel  all these years.

So Honeywell comes out with this fantastic program called Total Connect and my customers love it they can now get direct to there cell phones and PC's the events going on with there systems. Arming and disarming ,doors not to be opened etc . My commercial customers in particular relies on it heavily to know whats going on at their businesses when they are not there.

So when Total Connect 2 came out and offered even more information as to the individual ID who opened and exact zones that triggered etc.  my customers really wanted it.

But there's a catch you need the Vista128 or 250  BPT and 32 ,128 or 250 FBPT Turbo Panels to do this. You can not just pop in a chip like you do on Vista 15P and 20P

 Especially since you can no longer do Total Connect 1 on older panels that where not already registered with programs  I have had a lot of  commercial customers with High end Vista Panels  want to upgrade to Total Connect 2 since they announced the phase out of TC1 and upgrading to TC2  but they have been waiting for a sale on the panels which go $400-800
Honeywell keeps pushing TC2 but does not do anything to help the small business folks who are most of my customers family owned   business with 4-200 employees

The problem being also is trying to get your hands on one as it seems the local ADI Branch does not have them in stock always 1-5 days out .

The other issue withTC2 for my commercial customers whose panels are partitioned they only get information for partition one not the others while other manufacturers panels can do multi partition information.  Honeywell salesman when TC 2 came out promised this would be available and its been 5 years and still not available and will probably have to change panels again when it does finally come out.

Then you have days like I have today a customers TC 2 panel was damaged with water when a sprinkler line burst and of course local ADI branch does not have in stock I will have to temp install an old vista 32FB I keep for emergency's  and then install the turbo when it comes in customer can not be with out security.

Thats the other rub before ADI there where independent supply houses carried Ademco products but then Ademco formed ADI in 80s  and you can only get from ADI no longer from independents oh ya there's that guy on line if you want to pay more who resales Honeywell stuff.

How f#@!^g embarrassing. I had to tell my customer oh sorry cant get you a new panel for couple days .

When I know I can walk into most supply houses and they have at least 1 or 2 panels  of each kind sitting on the shelf.

At this point there is every day more and more that other manufacturers panels are becoming more attractive  and my dropping the Honeywell line all together  which is a shame when you consider I have over 400 commercial customers. But if thats what I have to do thats what I will do the customer always comes first1#

To make matters worse the panel never showed up till well past 2pm because instead of sending UPS the stock comes LTL less than load by common carrier i got home that night after well after 9pm

 I am going to start using NX8 and Concord  panels enough horse shit with Honeywell

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Escape Rooms they are all the rage. But are they safe? Some thoughts before you try one.

Yes the new Escape  room fad is taking off across the country where you get locked into a room with friends and you have to decrypt locks  of all types to escape in 60 minutes and win a prize usually a T Shirt. They even have portable escape trailers which they bring to events but just how safe are they ?

Here are some of my concerns and questions when it comes to these escape rooms 

1# What if a fire breaks out? is their an emergency evacuation plan in place?

 2# What if  some one has a medical emergency ? is staff trained in First Aid and CPR do they have a First Aid Kit and AED available ?

  3# Can the person operating the complex be made aware you need out ? are they observing you thru a camera or other means to make sure everyone is safe  also is there an emergency release and stop button should some one get claustrophobic or other medical issue. ?

 4# If its a permanent type attraction in a building are there Sprinkler System and or Smoke Alarms which automatically power down and unlock all devices? What about a Carbon monoxide alert?

 5# Are the rooms professionally designed and locks etc certified by a 3rd party agency for safety?

6# Are there emergency procedures in place in case a lock system jams even if they are magnets all hardware can and will fail.? 

 7 # From what I have seen some places have full fire detection and protection to nothing at all

Some are approved by local inspectors some are not .

Thats why you need to be vigilant when it comes to going to and participating in one of these escape rooms . 

If your an AHJ with one of these facilities in your jurisdiction are you even aware of it especially with these trailer units taken to events should you be notified when they are in your community

Yes lots of questions need answered about these rooms because public safety is at risk if its not being done correctly